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Our Francis who art in Rome
 

This is the word of Francis...?

Papa noster ...?

 

 

The motto of Saint Michael the Archangel is rhetorical: “Quis ut Deus? Who is like God?” No one. That is to say no one who is of a sound mind would dare to say “Me! I am like God ... indeed, even greater than God!”

Such a state of affairs appears to have come to this with Francis:  “Maius ego sum Deus: I am greater than God! God legislates. But I, Frances, amend, abrogate, invalidate, or abolish what God legislates —  as I see fit.”

Is it madness? Perhaps; or something darker in the making that has become a problem, the magnitude of which the Church and Her popes have not encountered in 2000 years.
 

The Problem? Francis — specifically his tampering with Sacred Scripture itself — again. And today, yet again.

Now Francis has called for a revision of the Lord’s Prayer in the way of amending the sixth petition “and lead us not into temptation”.

That Jesus Christ Himself taught us to pray this way apparently means nothing to Francis. He has a better idea, a better way to end the Our Father than Christ gave us when He said Thus therefore shall you pray: Our Father ...”  (Saint Matthew 6.9)
 

Christ as a Secondary Source

Increasingly in the papacy of Francis, Christ is now a secondary source.

Francis is the first.

Do you doubt it? Consider the following:

Jesus Christ:

Every one that putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and he that marrieth her that is put away from her husband, committeth adultery. (Saint Matthew 16.18)

Francis:

in certain circumstances, a person who is divorced and remarried and is living in an active sexual partnership might not be responsible or culpable for the mortal sin of adultery particularly when a person judges that he would fall into a subsequent fault by damaging the children of the new union.” Francis finally declared this to be his “authentic magisterium” through his scandalous and deeply divisive Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Latetia.
 

That is to say, adultery in certain circumstances — is now permissible in the Catholic Church  — no matter what Christ taught!

Francis has determined it to be so.
 

Greater than his Lord?

Did not Christ say The servant is not greater than his Lord; neither is the apostle greater than He that sent him.? (Saint John 13.16) How then can any man abolish the teaching of Christ? Is the servant greater than his Lord? Will man strike out what God Himself engraved in stone on Mount Sinai and what proceeded from the mouth of His Only Begotten Son? Who, we ask, would possibly have the temerity, the audacity, to do this? In the 2000 year history of Holy Mother Church, only one pope — Francis — and under the specious presumption of permitting sin — that is to say, an evil —  to achieve a counterfeit good.

But, you, contend, does not the Church teach, has She not always taught, that “One may never do evil that good may come of it”? (Romans 3.8) how then are we to reconcile what Christ and Saint Paul taught ... with the rhapsodic teachings of Francis — that contradict them? Saint Peter and the apostles answering, said [to the authorities who threatened them]: We ought to obey God, rather than men. (Acts. 5.29)
 

The Nine Commandments ... for the Moment

If Francis is right about adultery, then God is wrong and we must strike out the 7th Commandment against adultery. We are now left with Nine Commandments ... until Francis attenuates the next ... and again demands that we accept, with religious submission of mind and will, his authority against God's.

Whether it concerns homosexuality, adultery and “re-marriage”, the Holy Eucharist and its worthy reception, and now the 2000 year old Lord’s Prayer, Francis has a new solution to a problem that does not exist — a redaction which is not consonant with either Sacred Scripture or Sacred Tradition — and now ... even with the words Christ uttered Himself. Will he revise all of Sacred Scripture to “correctly” accord with the corrupt and “progressive” Modernist agenda that he unabashedly pursues? Who — we ask — can correct God Himself? Indeed, “Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct Him?” (Job 40.2)  It is, quite suddenly, a real question  ... and one that frighteningly verges on diabolical pride.

Two Solutions:

Pray the Our Father — the Pater Noster — in Latin: “Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.”, instead of proliferating “Our Francis who art in Rome” into the nearly 7000 living languages of Babel where the Novus Ordo Mass is celebrated before an ever diminishing congregation.

And do not commit adultery — no matter what Francis or any other disaffected Catholic ecclesiastic tells you. It is nothing less than sophistry. It may be okay with him, but it is against the Seventh Commandment given by God Himself. Let us say, rather, with Saint Peter: We ought to obey God, rather than men.

 

Let us be perfectly clear on this —  not we ourselves — but the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches the following:
 

“The task of giving an authentic interpretation of the Word of God, whether in its written form or in the form of Tradition, has been entrusted to the living teaching office of the Church alone. Its authority in this matter is exercised in the name of Jesus Christ. This means that the task of interpretation has been entrusted to the bishops in communion with the successor of Peter, the Bishop of Rome.

Yet this Magisterium is not superior to the Word of God, but is its servant. It teaches only what has been handed on to it. At the divine command and with the help of the Holy Spirit, it listens to this devotedly, guards it with dedication and expounds it faithfully. All that it proposes for belief as being divinely revealed is drawn from this single deposit of faith.(CCC 85-86) www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p1s1c2a2.htm


It is unimaginable that we find ourselves uttering this ... of  the man called the Pope of the Catholic Church.

In giving Saint Peter the keys to loose and to bind (Saint Matthew 16.19), Christ did not give him — or his successors — the authority to abolish what He Himself taught. Indeed, Christ was insistent: “Going therefore, teach ye all nations ... to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you (Saint Matthew 28.19-20).

What are we to make of all this ... for it is extremely portentous of the future of the Church and its faithfulness to Christ? If adultery  “under certain circumstances” is now permissible — while remaining against the express will and commandment of Almighty God — what Commandment will be abolished next? Will fornication and every sexual activity — indeed will violating the rest of the Divine Commandments become licit “under certain circumstances” also? This is a travesty. Man cannot abolish the Laws of God. — It is not a Pharisaical “rigidity” as Francis cleverly charges those who disagree with him — it is faithfulness, faithfulness to God and to Holy Mother Church.

Under Francis, Christendom will crumble — but the sacred Church of the Ages, the Faith of our Fathers, our holy Mother the Church lives still, and will never be overcome. Christ promised this. The authentic Catholic Church will be smaller and holier because it will cleave to Her Spouse Jesus Christ in enclaves, however small, throughout the world where the Mass is still celebrated in solemnity, dignity, and beauty — as it was before Vatican II, and where the true teachings of the Church still prevail over the ways of the world — and always will.

Christ commanded us to pray for our persecutors. Let us, then, pray for Francis.
 

Editor
Boston Catholic Journal
December 13, 2017

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